Evans makes tongue-in-cheek claim about Lewis Cook, admits multi-million pound January offers

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Lewis Cook has been nominated for the Football League Young Player of the Year award.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told LUTV that he would be 'really, really surprised' if Lewis Cook didn't win the Football League Young Player of the Year award

Cook, 19, has come up through the ranks at Elland Road, and having emerged on the scene last season, he has kicked on again this term.

He may only have two goals and one assist to his name, but the teenage midfielder has again proved why he is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Football League with a host of fine performances, even growing into a No. 10 role under Steve Evans.

Now, the Football League have confirmed that Cook has been nominated for the Young Player of the Year award, alongside Fulham's prolific striker Moussa Dembele and Walsall's impressive left back Rico Henry, another sign of how highly Cook is rated even away from Elland Road.

Ahead of tonight's game against Birmingham City, Leeds boss Evans has been asked for his verdict on Cook's nomination, with the Scot making a tongue-in-cheek comment.

Evans joked that Cook should be the only nomination for the award, and admitted that Leeds had to fend off multi-million pound offers for Cook's signature during the January transfer window.

Evans also revealed to LUTV that he didn't like Cook whilst he was managing Rotherham, because he was simply so good - and believes it would be a major shock if Cook doesn't win the award.

"Is there any other nominees? There shouldn't be, should there? There is only one," said Evans. "He's got everything, that's why he was the subject of multi-million pound offers from different clubs in the January window. He's a fantastic talent, he's a fantastic kid, he's a winner, he's technically magnificent, he's got a huge heart, a huge desire to play football an example of the type of player we want to have here at Leeds United."

"I didn't like him when I played against him, because he was always very, very good. There will be some other good nominees without my tongue-in-cheek comment earlier, but my point of view is that if Lewis doesn't win it, I'll be really really surprised - he's just simply top class," he added.

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